BaronHR Owner Indicted for Tax Evasion

Prosecutors yesterday unveiled a federal grand jury indictment against staffing magnate Luis E. Perez alleging he actively evaded nearly $30 million in payroll taxes and penalties owed to the Internal Revenue Service. Perez is the owner of BaronHR and also ran Checkmate Staffing, Staffaide and Fortress Holding Group. Perez allegedly failed to remit payroll taxes, … Read More »

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Targeted Inspections Uncover Scofflaws

The Department of Industrial Relations took a two-year hiatus from reporting on the state’s Unlawfully Uninsured Employer Enforcement Program but is now reporting on its 2017 efforts, and the results are trailing results seen in prior years. The report shows that the state Labor Commissioner assessed uninsured employers nearly $6 million in penalties but has … Read More »

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Stop-Work Orders for Imminent Hazards

California’s Labor Employment Task Force (LETF) has issued OPUs – stop-work orders to several Southern California employers after the task force found conditions that put workers in “immediate danger of fatal and serious injuries.” The employers include four car washes and three manufacturers. LETF lifted the OPUs at most of the businesses after confirming the … Read More »

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BaronHR Staffing Busted

Key officials behind the BaronHR staffing companies, including its founder and current chairman Luis Enrique Perez, are being charged with workers’ comp and tax fraud. The Orange County’s District Attorney’s office filed a 15-count felony indictment against Perez, Veronica Lake who worked as his controller, and Scott Wesley Smith who was director of safety at … Read More »

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DIR Allows Comp Scofflaws to Operate Uninsured

The Department of Industrial Relations’ data matching program for targeting likely uninsured employers helped shut down nine restaurants in the East Bay for operating without workers’ comp coverage. But DIR officials knowingly allowed the businesses to operate uninsured for nearly a year before acting. DIR spokesman Peter Melton said DIR has no explanation as to … Read More »

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$32M In Premium Fraud Alleged

The San Francisco District Attorney filed seven counts of workers’ compensation insurance premium fraud against the owner of a Bay Area cleaning company – GMG Janitorial.  It is accused of running two sets of books to lower its workers’ comp bill. Overall the owner, Gina Marie Gregori of Lafayette is facing 19 felony counts for running … Read More »

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LETF Investigators Targeting Bad Actors

California’s multiagency Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) last year targeted over 970 businesses suspected of violating various state labor laws, and upon inspection 91% were found, in fact, to be violating state rules.  The noncompliance rate was the highest in the program’s five-year history, and officials maintain that this is due to better targeting of bad … Read More »

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